How to Buy and Prepare King Crab

by Nikolai Nikitenko April 04, 2017 2 Comments

How to Buy and Prepare King Crab

The king of seafood

There is nothing quite as enticing as a large Alaskan king crab waiting to be prepared and devoured. With the ability to order Alaskan king crab online, and the low crab price per pound, just about anyone, no matter where they live, can now enjoy this delicacy. When you're ready to buy, look no further than Global Seafoods! This delicious food used to be very expensive, but the price per pound has dropped considerably, in part due to better processing and quick-freezing methods. Crab is no longer a food just for the wealthy, and cooks of all experience levels are able to get creative with this delicious, nutritious, decadent seafood. King red crab is versatile in both flavor and cooking methods, and not as hard to prepare as people might think. The internet has made it possible for anyone to find king crab legs for sale online for a great price, so we'll be focusing on that convenience. Read on for some great ideas to help you make the most of your mail order Alaskan king crab legs!

Where to find quality crab

Believe it or not, you can get quality king crab legs frozen and still end up with an incredible dish. In fact, if you purchase from a reputable source, your crab will have been processed and frozen quickly, preserving that fresh taste and texture. Who knows how long the crab in the grocery store has been sitting out? Though the cost of Alaskan king crab is reasonable these days, smart shoppers still pay attention to where their seafood comes from and how it has been handled. Buying frozen is simply a smart move.

The convenience of home delivery

Getting Alaskan crab legs shipped to you is the easiest way to get started. While some people can certainly go down to the grocery store or the seafood mart, that's not an option for many landlocked people. The average price will vary by location and time of year, and sometimes local shops carry cheap Alaskan king crab legs, but price shouldn't be your only motivator. Local shops have been known to ″mark down″ their fresh seafood because it's been sitting out a while and will go bad soon. Beware! Buying online from a reputable source means guaranteed quality.

Prep your crab

When you use frozen crab, there isn't a lot of prep for you since most of the work (cleaning, trimming, etc.) has already been done. That definitely saves you time! You can cook most crab right from frozen, but you can also let it thaw first, if you prefer. Either method works well.

Below, we'll give an overview of the following crab cooking methods:

  • Steaming
  • Boiling
  • Baking
  • Grilling

Steaming

This is a popular and very easy method for preparing southern red king crab clusters, and low blue king crab prices make it another good choice, but steaming works well for all kinds of crab. In a large pot, add enough water to fill halfway. Bring to a boil. Place your frozen or thawed crab in a colander, and place the colander over the boiling water. Cover and steam for about 10 minutes. You want to be sure the meat is heated through, but not over-cooked. After 10 minutes, crack one leg to check.

Boiling

Another popular method of cooking crab is boiling. Like steaming, it's simple and straight-forward. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a rolling boil. You can add about a tablespoon of salt and some seasonings at this point if you choose, but crab tastes great without it, too. If you want seasonings, try something spicy, like red pepper flakes. Adding the crab will make the water stop boiling. Wait for the water to boil again, then reduce the heat and let the crab simmer for six minutes for thawed and about ten for frozen. Dump them in a strainer, rinse with warm water, and enjoy!

Baking

Baking crab legs is a little more involved, but it's gaining popularity due to the way the baking process infuses the crab meat with incredible flavor from the shell. This will take a bit longer than the first two methods, but we promise it's well worth the wait. Preheat the over to 350°F. Place crab in a shallow baking dish in a single layer (don't stack them), with about an eight of an inch of hot water. Sprinkle with a seasoning of your choice, cover with foil, then bake 8 to 10 minutes. We suggest thawing the crab first, but if you want to go right from frozen, add about 5 – 8 minutes to your baking time.

Grilling

Grilling crab adds and exciting flavor to an already delicious meat. Again, it's a bit more involved than the first two methods, but we know you'll love this. Preheat your grill to about 300 °F. Brush the crab with olive oil, making sure to cover every side. This prevents sticking. Place crab legs directly on the hot grill and close the lid. Grill for approximately 5 minutes, then turn each leg or cluster over and cook 5 more minutes.

That's it!

These four methods for preparing crab are all simple, quick, and turn out some pretty amazing flavor. Red southern king crab (royal red southern king crab), stone crab king, and most other crab types are suitable for these preparation methods, so go ahead and experiment. That said, we believe nothing can beat a succulent, big Alaskan king crab. Buying wholesale Alaskan king crab means you'll have plenty for that special meal today, and some to try the other methods, too.

Where to buy king crab legs online

Look no further than this website! Our reputation speaks for itself. With Global Seafoods, you get fresh king crab legs delivered right to your door, and our unbeatable money-back guarantee means you can rest assured you're getting the best seafood available for the best price, all worry-free. Our jumbo king crab legs sale is the perfect time to try any of the methods listed above, or to experiment with on your own. When you're ready to buy Alaskan king crab online, check out our site for some great offers.





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2 Responses

NIKOLAY O NIKITENKO
NIKOLAY O NIKITENKO

May 26, 2017

Thank you for the question Don!

Yes, they are cooked before they are frozen, otherwise it would turn the shells brown. But many like to have them hot.

Don givens
Don givens

May 15, 2017

Aren’t the king crab legs already cooked before they are shipped

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